Heritage staff are present Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Preserving Kingston's past for Kingston's future

Kingston's cherished built heritage resources highlight its historic roles and significance – and make it a beautiful and culturally rich place to live in and visit. Protecting the city's built heritage resources sustains Kingston's cultural vibrancy for future generations.

The Heritage Resource Centre (HRC) reopened in February 2016 with enhanced service to the community and visitors.  Relocated to a more prominent location in the Market View wing on the main level of City Hall, the centre ensures Kingston's strong foundation of built heritage protection and management can be built upon to develop new and innovative approaches to heritage stewardship.

Everything you want to know about preserving Kingston's historic properties

The Heritage Resource Centre offers City resources related to heritage planning, conservation and cultural heritage. The four key programs provided by the HRC are:

  1. Education about conservation and rehabilitation. Staff and experienced volunteers assist property owners to access information about expertise available, maintenance techniques and information regarding heritage conservation;
  2. Resources related to cultural heritage in all its forms (built, associative narrative and natural)
  3. Resources to assist in historical property research; and
  4. Information about permit applications and other regulatory tools. Staff can be reached at 613-546-4291 ext. 3180 and are available at 1211 John Counter Blvd. during regular business hours to discuss Heritage Act applications and compliance with City policies.

Resource search

The Heritage Resource Centre has a collection of resources that are available to the public during regular business hours. The collection includes a wide range of material related to heritage conservation, cultural heritage and the City of Kingston. View our inventory of more than 500 titles.

Helpful links

The links below take you to various local, provincial, national and international heritage conservation resources. Collections and information on architectural features, building material samples, maps, photos, books and other related artifacts are also available.

Global standards & guidelines

Federal standards & guidelines

Provincial standards & guidelines

City links

City Documents

Heritage information documents

Heritage Information Links


Province of Ontario Toolkit

Heritage Resource Centre

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